Getting a text field to populate on a different slide

My client is looking to have learners fill in questions throughout the course and then to be able to look at their answers all at once at the end. I am trying to do this by creating text fields that will appear in both spots so that the answer that they put on one slide will also appear in another slide later in the course. Anyone know how I can do this in Storyline?

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Antony Snow

Hi Ronnie,

When you say you have created text fields, I assume you are referring to Data Entry fields? If you are, SL will automatically create a variable for each field and a trigger to 'Set VARIABLE NAME equal to the typed value when the control loses focus' - it is this trigger that stores the information the user types.

To recall this information on another slide, all you need to do is enter a reference to the appropriate variable using the standard format of '%VARIABLE NAME%'.

Jeanette Brooks has an excellent and easy to follow tutorial on using text variables here.

I hope this helps.

Pedro Gutierrez


I followed the instructions and am happy that we're able to show the text elsewhere after entry. However, I'm running into the issue where the text font size shrinks and is barely legible. The font size for the variable reference is set to where I want it, though it does not appear in that size. Is there a way to control for the size in which the text appears?


Pedro Gutierrez

I did notice that the size is less affected when the text box in which the variable is being referenced is longer horizontally rather than vertically, which is how I had it configured. I had hoped the referenced text would expand the vertical rectangle text box and maintain its size but it doesn't seem to be the case. 

Leslie McKerchie

Hello Pedro,

Thank you for sharing your file so that we could take a look. At first, I did not see the behavior you reported above, but the more text added, I could see the behavior change.

I've created a support case on your behalf so that one of our support engineers can take a closer look. 

You should be hearing from someone via e-mail and I'll be following along as well.